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Alexis Skurnack

Oklahoma City Zoo

""There is no greater issue than that of conservation in this country." - "The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will." - Theodore Roosevelt "

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    3
    conversations
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    245
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    17
    pieces of litter
    picked up
  • up to
    36
    plastic bottles
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    14
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    15
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    1
    zero-waste meals
    consumed

Alexis's Actions

Family

Get Rid of Glitter

I will teach my little ones about microplastics while we do a craft project together using glitter alternatives.

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Community

Keep My Community Clean

I will pick up 5 piece(s) of litter each day.

COMPLETED 3
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Water Bottles

I will use a reusable bottle and stop purchasing bottled water, saving 4 disposable plastic bottle(s) a day.

COMPLETED 18
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Back in the Bowl

I will purchase refillable beauty products.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Proper Bioplastic Disposal

I will spend at least 30 minutes researching how to properly dispose of bioplastics in my city and share this information with 3 friends, family, and/or colleagues.

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One-Time Action

Food

Start Composting

I will start a compost collection at home, work, or school.

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Family

Learn about Environmental Injustice

Using the action resource links below, my family will spend 30 minutes learning about environmental justice, causes of environmental injustice, and how plastic waste disproportionately impacts already vulnerable communities.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Homemade Cleaners

I will make my own cleaning products at home.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Donate Zero Waste Period Products

I will donate 1 zero waste period kits to young people with periods so that they can reduce their waste and the financial burden of menstruation while continuing their education.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Practice Sustainable Fashion

I will spend 60 minutes learning about the costs of fast fashion and begin trying to practice sustainable fashion in my own life.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Tim Taylor My Beauty Products

I will lessen my plastic impact by making my own makeup.

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One-Time Action

Food

Cook a Zero-Plastic Waste Meal

I will prepare 1 meal(s) at home each day without using any items packaged in single-use plastic.

COMPLETED 1
DAILY ACTION

Lifestyle

Natural Fibers

When available, I will purchase clothing made with natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, or wool, rather than synthetic fibers.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Toiletries

If traveling, I will reuse my old travel tubes to refill with my soaps or only bring bar soaps with me in a TSA-approved reusable quart-sized bag.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pretty oh so Pretty

I will purchase beauty products that are packaged in sustainable packaging.

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One-Time Action

Personal Care

Pearly Whites

I will purchase toothpaste in an aluminum tube or in a glass jar or make my own!

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

That Was a Close Shave

I will replace my disposable razors with steel razors.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Ditch Dryer Sheets

I will use wool dryer balls or another plastic-free alternative to dryer sheets to keep my clothes static-free.

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Pets

Homemade Pet Food

I will prepare my own pet food to avoid plastic packaging.

COMPLETED 4
DAILY ACTIONS

Family

Discover Together

I will spend 60 minutes educating my family on the basics of living a reduced/no-plastic lifestyle.

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One-Time Action

Pets

Thrifty Pets

I will find secondhand sources for my pet's water/food dishes, collars or leashes.

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One-Time Action

Lifestyle

Travel Smart

If traveling, I will bring my own plastic free items (water bottle, grocery bags, collapsible food containers, utensils, straws, etc.) with me.

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One-Time Action

Community

Tour A Waste Management Facility

I will spend at least 60 minute(s) touring (virtually or in person) a local dump/transfer station, material recovery facility, and/or landfill to learn about our local waste and waste recovery streams.

Completed
One-Time Action

Community

Estimate My Plastic Consumption and Go #PlasticNeutral

I will visit the rePurpose website, complete the 3-minute plastic consumption calculator, and explore how I can reBalance my annual plastic footprint.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Say No to "Flushable Wipes"

Wipes don't break down in sewer systems, but combine with fat to create massive clogs. I will find alternatives to using disposable wipes.

COMPLETED 8
DAILY ACTIONS

Personal Care

Brusha Brusha Brusha

I will replace my plastic toothbrush with a bamboo toothbrush.

Completed
One-Time Action

Food

Use Reusable Containers

I will only use reusable containers instead of single-use plastic storage items (such as plastic wrap, single-use sandwich bags).

COMPLETED 11
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Make My Own

I will try new recipe(s) or food preparation method(s) each day, such as canning, pickling, making yogurt, or baking granola bars or bread.

COMPLETED 2
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Give Up Gum

I will give up gum or choose gum made from chicle or other plastic-free gum bases.

COMPLETED 31
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Use Reusable Utensils

I will keep 1 plastic cutlery out of the landfill per day by using my own reusable cutlery.

COMPLETED 14
DAILY ACTIONS

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/31/2021 4:35 PM
    It has been a great month of reflecting on ways to be sustainable, and especially in ways that don't just include reducing single-use plastic waste. I hope my daily shares of information and product recommendations have proved to be useful for someone. In the process of finding new products I learned about a lot of things too. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Pretty oh so Pretty
    How can you advocate for the importance of reducing packaging to the rest of your friends, family and larger community?

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/31/2021 4:34 PM
    I think just simply purchasing those items for a fellow friend or family member to get them started can be all the more beneficial. Some people I know also don't know a lot about makeup or beauty but would like to start getting into it and learning about it, so if you recommend them items that you are good and also sustainable, then they may not waste the time looking if what you recommend works for them the first time-- then they are likely to continue to purchase from those sustainable companies. Just make sure you always do your research!
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Practice Sustainable Fashion
    How can you express your personality, creativity, and values in ways that don't require fast fashion or buying more clothes and accessories?

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/31/2021 4:32 PM
    I have always used second hand clothing, since basically childhood. It was what we could afford. But lately I have seen a serious trend of people "thrifting" and honestly, good on them! I love that we are practicing sustainable fashion and I love that more people are talking about it. It is something so prevalent in our day to day lives but many of us might not even realize how that is affecting the environment. That said, it also affects labor in other, third world countries. Please remember to not only practice sustainable fashion for the environments sake, but also for our fellow human. There are many people used as slave or exploited labor, especially in places like china, and there are MANY cheap/fast-fashion scams online and advertised on places like facebook (think romwe, shen, wish, etc.) We have to remember where our money is going too, not just the item after its been used. 
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care That Was a Close Shave
    What have you noticed about the economic and social impact of switching to steel razors? Was there ever really a need for disposable razors, or do you think it was just a way to sell more things?

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/31/2021 4:29 PM
    I think there are many things that don't require the need to dispose. I think we have just become accustomed to trying to find ways to make our lives more convenient, and let's be real-- that's what sells. For the same reason appliances and cars were doungraded in their quality over time is why I believe a lot of products are too-- a business can't stay running if no one is buying their products (because they are reusing the ones theyve already bought.) Economically in some cases, it makes sense. We continue to have to innovate and reinvent items we own to keep money flowing, but in every instance I do not think it is necessary and the consumer obsession gets a little out of hand sometimes.
  • Reflection Question
    Personal Care Donate Zero Waste Period Products
    How can having access to zero waste period products help people who menstruate overcome barriers to education or other opportunities?

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/31/2021 4:27 PM
    I think we should always champion the causes we support, but be mindful of where you put your money and make sure that every donation is going where it should. I think every woman deserves to have feminine hygiene products. While many countries struggle and can't afford it, or are traditionally biased, I think it's great there are organizations out there willing to help. 
  • Reflection Question
    Family Get Rid of Glitter
    How can you and your little one exercise your creativity without creating more plastic waste?

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/31/2021 4:25 PM
    When I was little, my mom did craft projects with me and my brother just using discarded toilet paper rolls, acorns, twigs, and leaves that had fallen on the ground. We glued these items together to a piece of wood to make pencil holders or paintbrush holders, and used the natural materials to decorate it. This is how I plan to also teach my future kids, and my nieces and nephews especially right now. I think it was such a neat memory that I have held onto for a long time.

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/30/2021 7:12 AM
    Here is an essay I did for college over the pros and cons of nuclear energy. While this is a plastic-free challenge, the root of these causes lie in our hopes and desires for a more clean and eco-friendly world, so I want to share this with those to offer a different perspective on the solutions to these problems, especially since carbon emissions are so prevalent, and we need cleaner energy options: 

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/29/2021 7:15 AM
    Many have already heard of this organization called Wands for Wildlife, but if not, it is a great place to start recycling your old mascara tubes! The tubes can be used in art or used on wildlife to get things out of their fur and feathers. I think it is a great way to think about how to be resourceful, and it opens the doors to many other ways we can recycle our own make up or start purchasing sustainable. Links are below to wands for wildlife as well as some makeup companies that are supposedly sustainable. But remember to always do your own research first!

    https://www.wandsforwildlife.org/

    https://www.sustainablejungle.com/best-of-sustainable-beauty/best-cruelty-free-vegan-sustainable-makeup-brands-uk-2/

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    Alexis Skurnack 7/28/2021 11:48 AM
    I think it is important every once and awhile to not only talk about the hazards of everyday plastic, but also some bigger issues too. As people go on to discuss their apprehension to pipelines and especially shutting down the keystone line, I would like to share a video vice did many years ago about the extreme dangers and high risk of transporting oil by rail. While many think we shouldn’t use oil at all, it is still important in our daily lives and will be around for a long time. Even things like solar and electric car batteries still rely on fossil fuels to make those products, and the waste they create is the same if not more at times.
    So while oil is still about, we must consider the consequences we are asking for by removing pipelines in the US. They are much safer, more efficient, don’t require as much emissions to transport it, and hey— after all, conservation of natural resources means we need to truly conserve and use our resources in the most efficient way so at to get the highest benefit out of them. I encourage all to be more open minded about these topics and be more open to the solutions that actually make a difference.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WpXfQMFR_Qs

    https://www.vice.com/en/article/8x37zx/a-bomb-train-derailed-burst-into-flames-and-spilled-oil-into-an-oregon-river


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    Alexis Skurnack 7/27/2021 4:25 AM
    Everyone should check out these local businesses: Re:Farm and Re:Supply
    Both businesses seek to create a waste free world and also provide ethical beef and organic produce to the market. They are both located in the Wichita falls area I believe, but they serve a market near walters and lawton OK as that is where they are from.
    Links below!

    https://www.timesrecordnews.com/story/news/2021/06/11/waste-free-store-re-supply-opens-wichita-falls-shampoo-soap-lotion/7627548002/?fbclid=IwAR0_wDnKDd-2pldSc1GBTsW5RrzBDxwazZDaZTTFuqMr_QE_1ZIu4_Vr1Ak

    https://instagram.com/re.farm?utm_medium=copy_link